We’re very excited to have people at camp again this weekend! Between work day and teen connect we have a host of fun stuff to do! To be prepared for the weekend, please bring the following:
1. Sleeping bag/pillow (no mats needed, we sleep in beds in the cabin!) 2. Toiletries and towel 3. Change of clothes 4. Warm clothes to go outside 5. Clothes that can get dirty (if coming for work day) 6. A piece of a costume (optional) 7. A magazine we can cut up (optional)
Oh and an open mind and an attitude ready to share with others. We’re trying to have community and we want you to join us as we seek to follow Jesus. The only thing needed for all of that is to bring your whole self. Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
With a few nights of frost over the past week AND forecasted flurries in the mountains AND our seasonal maintenance manager applying to work in snow making departments at nearby mountains, we are gearing up for another winter of snow, beauty and fun!
Below is another reminder from Killington to buy reduced price lift tickets by THURSDAY OCT 20th.
Again, if you don’t ski, there is still plenty of activity to enjoy at camp and the scenery is guaranteed inspiring.
The other day Tuna posted this picture of me trying to stay ahead of leaf raking. Mowing leaves reminded me of plowing/shoveling snow. My heart sunk as I remembered how much harder it is to both shovel snow and drive in snow compared to leaves! Then I remembered the beauty of winter, the memories I’ve created while skiing down East Fall, giggling the whole way down the BBC tube run or heading deep into the quiet woods on my snowshoes. BBC is a winter wonderland. Consider coming to check it out!
The Bethany Birches Cabin is a great spot to enjoy every aspect of winter…
…Head to the nearby mountains for some of the best skiing in the northeast. (Killington Mountain or Okemo Mountain)
…Tube down BBC’s 1/5 mile tube run on tube park quality tubes for a memorable adventure
…Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the 100 acres of camp.
…Snowmobile the VAST trail which runs through camp property and can take you anwhere in the state of VT.
…Or simply watch the snow fall from a cozy cabin.
No matter the type of adventure you enjoy – BBC is a cozy, affordable place to stay. The cabin is kid friendly and a great place for groups of any kind to gather!
If you’re coming to ski – don’t’ miss out on Killington’s early bird deals ($58 Weekend Tix/$38 Mid Week Tix offered through 10/17) Keep in mind, Killington is open until May and skiing in April can be just as fun as skiing in Feb!
It gives me such great joy to tell you about my experience at camp. I had always wanted to be a counselor at a camp somewhere, and I finally got the opportunity last summer (2010), at a small place on a hill in Plymouth, VT, called Bethany Birches Camp, or as I like to call it, “Home.” I can honestly say that this was the BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE so far!
At camp, I learned a lot about God, myself, and other people through various experiences. I was able to grow closer to the Lord, while living in a close community of friends who challenged and encouraged me along the way. Here are some of the highlights of my experience last summer…
1) Singing at Firesides. This was so fun because we used hand motions while singing songs, and often times, I found myself grow closer to God during these times.
2) The Slip N’ Slide on Wet N’ Wild Wednesday. With dish detergent all over my shirt I was able to go super fast down the hill!
3) Sleeping in the tree houses. It was like a sleepover every time! Story telling, giggling, and eventually sleeping.
Those are just a few examples of what Bethany Birches Camp is like, and there are so many other things to be excited about when you come to camp, such as baked oatmeal for breakfast; the interest groups that you can participate in; games on the field, and cabin chats. BBC has something for everyone. It is a place where you can feel free to be yourself, learn about nature, try new activities, learn how to work as a team, and learn more about God. There is something there for everyone, so I urge you to consider coming this year! I hope to return to BBC next year, and to hear about your experiences!
Thanks to one Beth Horst, we are doing a bunch of new arts and crafts activities this summer. She has much skill in this area and managed to put together a set of new activities for us.
Pictured is Cheeks holding the book and a sample necklace.
Thanks so much, Beth and family, for this great gift!
This brings me to another point. Mike, her husband, recently bought us a set of GPS devices that we’ll use to introduce Geocaching this year! And don’t even get me started on the map that Mike has created for us. So sweet!
Thanks to the Horst family (Mike & Beth) for continuing a long tradition of Kingdom building at Bethany Birches which Mike’s dad, Earl started when he came with a bunch of relatives that we refer to as the Musser Woodcutters.
God will provide. Sometimes God’s providence has nothing to do with our desires and that confuses us. How can a father turn away his hungry child when his child asks for bread? And you reply by asking, what about all those starving children in Africa? That brings us to the Bread of Life. And sometimes, the bread that we have been charged to offer our brothers and sisters in Africa is different from the bread God is offering to all.